Why Chiropractors are Great Detectives
By Krista Elliott
The field of medicine can sometimes resemble other professions. Nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to the combined art and science that is diagnostics. Figuring out the cause of a medical issue requires putting on a well-worn detective hat and being willing to look beyond the obvious.
And when it comes to looking beyond the obvious, chiropractors are at the top of their detective game. Because chiropractic doctors are experts at the way every part of the musculoskeletal system interacts with each other, they can often find the root cause of a patient's issue, even when that root cause isn't located within the symptomatic body part. But, like a good detective, chiropractic experts like the ones at The Joint Chiropractic know connections and know how to quickly eliminate other possibilities.
Mysterious Mouth Pain
Case in point: The young daughter of a friend of mine was experiencing severe tooth pain. Visits to the doctor and dentist had been fruitless, turning up treatment options that didn't provide any relief. In her frustration, her mom was speaking to another friend, who noted that the girl's symptoms mirrored ones she'd had recently, and advised a chiropractic examination.
Instead of saying, "Teeth? You should see a dentist," the chiropractic doctor looked beyond the obvious, examining the girl's facial structure and biomechanics, getting her to turn this way and that, and then open and close her mouth. And there it was: When the girl opened her mouth to its widest point, the jaw would jump out to the side a bit. A misaligned jaw. Nothing noticeable when the girl would smile or laugh or even eat, but noticeable to expert eyes when the jaw was made to go through its full range of motion. After a gentle adjustment with an activator, the patient was already starting to feel better.
What Lies Beneath
Too many of us endure chronic pain, thinking it's just a part of life. We've had the painful area examined, poked, prodded, injected, and medicated, and have pretty much given up. But is it possible that the problem could lie elsewhere, in another part of the body?
When you visit The Joint Chiropractic, you're assessed not only in the areas that have symptoms, but in the areas that are connected to those areas. And in the areas that are connected to those areas. You get the idea: The Joint knows that your body is made up of systems, not just parts, and that your joints and muscles all work together and affect each other in ways that might seem mysterious, but that are quickly evident to an experienced detective. So pop by The Joint today. They might not make noir films about chiropractors, but when it comes to how your body moves, they can be the best gumshoes in the business.